Laser treatment is one of the most effective tools for tattoo removal. The laser works by breaking up the ink/dye particles in the tattoo, which are then absorbed by the body's immune system and eliminated from your body. During the laser tattoo removal procedure, a high-intensity beam of light is directed at the target area. The light energy penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the tattoo ink, causing it to break up into smaller particles. The body's immune system then recognizes these broken particles as foreign body particles and removes them from the body.
Multiple laser sessions are usually required for almost complete tattoo removal, as each session targets different layers of ink pigmentation. The number of sessions required depends on the size, color, and age of the tattoo, as well as the individual's skin type and immune system.
Nd:YAG lasers (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers) are commonly used for various medical and cosmetic procedures, including tattoo removal. The Nd:YAG laser produces a specific wavelength of light that is able to penetrate deep into the skin without causing injury to the surrounding tissue.
Some of the benefits of Nd:YAG laser are:
- Versatility: The Nd:YAG laser can be used for a wide range of applications, including cutting, marking, hair removal, and medical treatments.
- Deep penetration: The Nd:YAG laser has a longer wavelength (1064 nm) than other lasers, which allows it to penetrate deeper into tissue.
- Precision: The Nd:YAG laser can produce very precise cuts ,making it ideal for microsurgery and other applications where precision is essential.
- Minimal damage: The Nd:YAG laser produces a very small heat zone, that is why it is used to minimize surrounding tissues or structures damage.
- Safety: The Nd:YAG laser is considered safe for most medical indications, and is often preferred over other types of lasers due to its safety profile.
- Durability: The Nd:YAG laser has a long lasting effect and requires minimal maintenance, making it a cost-effective treatment for multiple applications including tattoo removal.